MS Awareness Week 2009 has landed!

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MS is an often misunderstood condition, and for this reason the theme for this year’s
MS Awareness Week is misconceptions.

Yesterday saw the launch of this year’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week and here at Enabled by Design HQ we’re really keen to do our bit by helping to spread the word!

A few facts about MS to get you started:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system
  • It is the most common disabling neurological condition among young adults
  • It affects around 85,000 people in the UK
  • MS is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40 – though it can
    be earlier or later
  • Although it’s rare, children can develop MS
  • Women are around two to three times as likely as men to develop MS
  • Once
    diagnosed, MS stays with the person for life, but treatments and
    specialist care can help people to manage many symptoms well

Interested in finding out more? Visit the MS Society website here.

There are lots of ways you can help to raise awareness about MS; tell your friends and family, change your avatar on social networking sites like twitter and facebook, or maybe take part in the great Cake Break 2009 (as supported by The Hairy Bikers!) – yum yum! : )

MS Awareness Week is extremely important to us at EbD, as MS and its impact is
an issue that is very close to our hearts. I was diagnosed with MS
in 2003 when I was 24, even though I had shown symptoms since 2000. Partly as a result of my experiences back then and a lot of the frustrations I’ve felt since, I was determined to make Enabled by Design happen…

Marking the end of MS Week are the MS Society Awards 2009. I’m extremely proud and chuffed that Enabled by Design has made it through to be a finalist for the ‘Best MS Information Resource’ category. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, I’ve been lucky enough to get a mention on the nominees list for the ‘MS Inspiration 2009′ award. Wayhey! I have to admit I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be nominated for an award alongside the likes of J.K. Rowling. How exciting is that?!? (sorry for being so star struck, it’s very sad I know!)

The award ceremony is this Friday afternoon so I’ll let you know how we get on. Keep your fingers crossed for us! : )